How many hours should a toddler be up in a day ?

Tina - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My Daughter gets up at 1130am or 12 in the afternoon and I need to figure out a good time to put her to bed but being fair ..

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Melissa - posted on 12/29/2013

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I don't think everyone's routine is the same. It probably is better to have a toddler wake up in the mornings and go to sleep earlier at night.Its much easier that way. but if u sleep in till 11 or 12 then that's when ur toddler will get up too most likely. I wake up around 1030 11 everyday and so does my 20 month old. She usually takes a nap around 4pm sleeps till 6pm. then stays till 12am. Everyones schedule is different and the hours you may work and how your day is planned but as long as the toddler is getting 10-12 hours of sleep a night about a 2 hour nap during the day and awake about 10-12 hours during the day I say its all good =)

Jo - posted on 02/21/2010

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Routine is very important for children, you just need to figure out yours. Maybe start by waking her an hour earlier for a couple of days then wake her earlier again until you get to about 8am. Then you may find that if she is not napping in the day she may get tired earlier and naturally want to go to sleep at about 7-8pm. My 2 kids (2 and 4) do not nap during the day and want to got sleep at about 7pm and then wake up betwen 6-7am.



Hope it works out well for you and good luck

Sue - posted on 02/21/2010

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Routine is very important and agree that most children might go to bed at the same time each night but the world doesn't always work to a schedule another mother might work to.

Personally I agree that the time she is getting up is too late. But at the same time 8-9pm is not always the norm. My 5 year old copes very well with going to bed at 10pm and waking at 7:30am to get ready for school that starts at 9pm. Now if she started at 7:30am or 8am as some schools do then yes her bed time would be put back to the 8-9pm that seems normal for most parents. On a weekend my DD will sleep in until around 9am but that is the very latest. She needs about 10-12 hours of sleep a day. If you keep your DD on the schedule you have now she will suffer badly when she has to get up 4-6 hours earlier to start school.

Stacey - posted on 02/20/2010

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I have four children of my own and I have a daycare. In my experience most children have the same sleeping needs. Implementing a routine early in life is the easiest way to overcome many bedtime issues. I agree with the moms that have replied. A toddler's bedtime should be around 8 pm. My fourth child was sleeping in unitl 10ish as a toddler which caused his naptime to be pushed later. That also caused him to be reluctant to go to bed on time each night. I started waking him at 8 am, napping him from 1 to no later than 3, and our bedtime routine begins at 8 pm. He is a very pleasant child, just as his siblings are. Never over tired and always just tired enough to nap and go to bed without any trouble. Routine is so important in parenting if you want a happy child and to be a happy parent.

Paula - posted on 02/16/2010

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ok what ever happened to you being the parent? They don't understand time....you have to tell them its time to go to bed or wake up, or whatever...you set the pattern and they will follow it after about two weeks they will get used to it and start doing it automatically..

Tootie - posted on 02/16/2010

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When my daughter was 3 (4 now) before she started school, she was up untill she fell asleep at night, no schedual at all and it was terrible. Now she gets out of school @ 12. She goes to bed @ 9 pm and gets up @ 6am. Comes home @ 12 and refuses to take a nap, she eventualy falls asleep @ about 1 or 2pm and sleeps for about 2hrs. She's up untill it's time to go to bed. Thats our routine, Every Single Day.
Your daughter needs a routine and it would also help you if she had a bed tie and took naps, wake her up at a decent time in the morning. Hope that helps.

Paula - posted on 02/16/2010

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I agree with melissa....what time are you putting her to bed at night? anytime between 8-9 is good time for a todler if not earlier. Does she take naps in the afternoon or does she sleep all night?

Melissa - posted on 02/16/2010

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I think that is really late for her to wake up in the morning. When my son was a toddler, he would go to bed around 8:30 / 9:00 and would wake up at about 9:00 in the morning. I would put him in for a nap at 12:30ish and have him wake up 1.5 - 2 hours after that and then read a book before I put him to bed around 8:30ish for the night. You need to establish a routine and stick to it. This way your daughter will be able to anticipate what will come next. Hope this helps!! Best of luck!!

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